New shared service agreement for grounds maintenance in Rutland
Rutland County Council has agreed a new shared service arrangement with neighbouring Harborough District Council as part of long-term plans to improve the way that grounds maintenance is carried out in the county.
The agreement means that Harborough District Council will undertake grounds maintenance services such as grass cutting, hedge trimming and weed spraying for Rutland County Council over the next three years.
The arrangement has been put in place as part of long-term plans to combine grounds maintenance with waste management and street cleaning, creating a single environmental services contract for Rutland.
Coun Gordon Brown, cabinet member for the environment at Rutland County Council, said: "Our current grounds maintenance contract is about to run out and we have asked Harborough District Council to deliver this service on an interim basis until March 2022, when our existing waste management contract also expires.
"We’ll then be in a position, if appropriate, to combine both under a single contract, managed by a single company, leading to a more efficient and effective service for people in Rutland.”